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Galen (b. 129, Pergamum, Mysia, Anatolia; d. ca. 199, Rome), the founder of
experimental physiology, was one of the most distinguished physicians of antiquity.
Born in the Greek city of Pergamum, he was deeply influenced by the shrine of
the healing god Asclepius there and chose to pursue training in medicine. Galen's
works had a dominant influence on medical theory and practice in Europe for
some fourteen centuries after his death. He wrote on subjects other than medicine
as well (notably philosophy and literature), but most of those works have been
lost. Of his surviving works, the majority come from Arabic sources reintroduced
to the West during the Renaissance. His renewed influence was partly responsible
for the rise of science in modern times.
Works by the Author
Galen. On the Natural Faculties. Translated by Arthur John Brock.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1916.
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